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drank Strawberry Exotica by Tiesta Tea
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I have been researching and applying for jobs all day today, this is some seriously boring stuff! It’s a beautiful day and I’d rather be out playing but I guess I’ll get to do that this weekend.

Strawberry Exotica is a very good cold brewed tea, perhaps better than it is hot. It’s mild, sweet and has nice strawberry and tropical fruit essence. I wish I had more of this as a cold brew. It’s tasty….

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drank Black Tea by Shan Valley
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Thank you to carol who for this sample tea. I am sorry it took me so long to get around to trying it.

I decided to steep this at 175 F for 3 minutes. I was a bit nervous as the tea is a fine CTC and sometimes they can be very robust but the lower steeping temp. probably helps. This tea has a lot of interesting flavors in the cup. There is a bit of smoke, spicy flavor and some apricot fruitiness as well. I can drink this plain, which is good! I get a hint of tobacco flavor too but it doesn’t seem bitter. Overall, a very interesting tea which makes me want to try more things from Shan Valley. Thanks again — Carol!

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

I just recently tried this one too! It wasn’t as aggressive as I expected and I was surprised by the lovely apricot notes. :D


i have a sample of it but didnt try yet. Too much tea


Yeah I have a lot of tea myself :)

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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I never thought I would see the day that I finished this off…

EPIC sipdown, I bought 8 oz. of this tea and it’s probably been 4 years. I doubt I will get more of this anytime soon. Just glad it’s out of my cupboard, finally!!!!


Wow, congratulations! And here I was so proud of finishing 4 oz. which felt like it took forever.


I don’t think I will ever buy another large quantity of tea like that again!


I have a 4 oz of a different Harney tea…wonder how long it will take!


That may depend on how many other teas you have now ;)


I have maybe three teas in that quantity. Two of them I kind of want to last forever, and the third is Thai iced tea blend, which goes fast, as it calls for 3tbsp per cup for really strong flash brewing.

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drank Dinjoye Estate Assam by Butiki Teas
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This is a good morning time assam, very eye opening. I definitely overleafed it this morning because it seems really strong!

I’m glad to just have the day to enjoy myself and do some things that need to get done, like laundry! :)

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drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
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Tea of the evening here. David’s Tea sure seems to like putting pepper in their blends, although here it makes more sense than in the pumpkin patch, I think. This is a pretty good rooibos chai, kind of spicy, kind of sweet. Like most chai this is good with soymilk and some sugar. Me likey. :)

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Wow, what a day it has been, full of freaks and weirdos. I don’t even want to write about it, just glad to be home and there are a lot of strange people coming out in S.F. after 9 pm.

So I went into the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf looking for something to revive me before my class. I asked the guy at the counter for advice about whether to put sweetener in this and he said to add vanilla powder. I thought this was nice, it was in a mesh teabag and definitely had a good strawberry flavor as well as something “cream” like that didn’t seem too artificial. I would get this one again if I was out and about but I have a lot of flavored green teas right now and don’t need anymore in my house!

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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hHm, I haven’t had this tea for a while but I am jumping on the pumpkin bandwagon that seems to be really popular right now. ;)

This tea has a lot of fine yellow powder in it, which I guess is from the pumpkin flakes? I’m not sure how much of the flakes to put in with the tea. I steeped this for 4 minutes and got a bit of bitterness, some sugar helped to bring the pumpkin flavor out a lot. I am enjoying this…


180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’m all out of this lovely yunnan black today. It has served me well. Though today I feel like I need a caffeine injection!

I am a busy lady. Taking digital marketing classes and night and doing volunteer work in between applying for jobs. I think staying busy is going to be the key to keeping me sane through all this unemployment!

And at my evening class there is hot water and tea. Of course the tea is not up to my standards but I can always bring my own. :)

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Tea of the afternoon…

I have a lot of this and thought I’d try cold brewing it yesterday so I’m drinking the results today. :)

When cold brewed, this became very vegetal and slightly pungent, the spearmint and lemon myrtle are barely noticeable over the green tea. I wonder if I added too much leaf to the cold brew? Anyway this is one tea I definitely prefer hot.

Iced 8 min or more

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drank Diksam, FTGFOP1 by Lupicia
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This tea was purchased at the Lupicia store yesterday. I think Lupicia needs to work on their marketing a bit because this is how they describe it:

“Full-bodied, yet smooth taste with light astringency. A standard Assam tea.”

Hmm, Standard Assam tea doesn’t exactly get you enthusiastic about the product, does it? I happen to like assam teas and I drink them all the time in the morning, so I thought I would pick this up. I usually drink these with milk and that’s what I’ve done here. It is a good assam, though pretty average. It has a nice smoothness, malty flavor as well as some fruitiness too.

I’ve been wondering if I should switch to organic tea, and now this report is out by Greenpeace India that tea contains traces of pesticides including DDT. Definitely food for though but I can’t afford to buy everything organic. :(


Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Every once in a while these pesticide issues pop up online and it always makes me look at my tea sideways. But yeah, organic can be so expensive.


Right? It’s not like I’m about to start buying all organic food all of the time either.

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Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty


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